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Researching ELT: Classroom Methodology and Beyond

Dincay Köksal

This book is an outcome of the 9th ELT Research Conference organised by Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. The papers in this volume illustrate some of the key research interests and priorities for English language teaching in Turkey and provide significant insights into a range of contemporary issues and practices in the field. The papers present research focusing on issues in the areas of technology, learners, teacher training and post-graduate education, which have been gathered together in four sections, each section containing articles covering several different aspects of the topic in question.

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Fostering CERF-Awareness of Prospective Language Teachers (Yasemin Kırkgöz)

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Yasemin Kırkgöz25

Çukurova University, Turkey

Fostering CERF-Awareness of Prospective Language Teachers

Abstract: This chapter reports a three-year study, which aimed to familiarize prospective language teachers with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and its companion the European Language Portfolio (ELP) as part of the Special Teaching Methods course. The first component of the course aimed at introducing the underlying principles of the CEFR, while the second component focused on equipping prospective teacher candidates with CEFR-awareness tasks. Such tasks comprised analysing English textbooks for competences, and preparing an ELP. To assess the impact of the course, data were collected from pre- and post-test, task performances, and designing an ELP. Findings from multiple sources indicated a notable change in the CEFR-awareness of the teacher candidates, a high level of familiarity with various components of the CEFR before the candidates became practicing teachers of English. An illustrative sample task and an ELP are included. Implications of the study for other teacher education programs are given.

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